The Scarlet Letter Project – Mrs. Cooke
In this project, I am asking you to experience a modicum of the shame and
agony that our heroine, Hester Prynne must have felt in her life.
Considering that she was asked to wear a scarlet letter “A” to represent her sin, what
letter would you choose to represent something about yourself that is “sinful”? “But I
am not sinful!!”, you might say to yourself, and you would be right, of course, but is
there not something you would change about yourself if given the chance? Perhaps you
have a bedroom filled with dirty socks and old magazines (and your mother is always
begging you to “Pleeease clean your room”), perhaps you gossip about others, are too
blunt with your words, judge too easily or drive friends crazy with your incessant
worrying over grades. Perhaps you procrastinate, are obstinate and find that no one
likes you before 8 am… perhaps you are lazy at home or pick on your little brother.
What ever it is, and make certain it is something you can share, we want to know!
1. Choose your letter
2. Create a physical representation of your letter.
3. The letter must be large – at least 8” x 11” – check out the samples in the room
4. The letter must be sturdy enough to last through one day’s wearing
5. Due: Monday, October 17, 2011 – you show us the letter on this day, wear them
the following day
6. Wear the letter on Tuesday, October 18, 2011
1. Yes, you will be wearing this letter.
2. All day 1st – 7th period
3. Everywhere (Except in gym unless you want to)
4. OR NO CREDIT
5. Anyone associated with this school may report that you did not wear you letter
But how will I decorate this? I’m not creative!
1. I know, neither am I. Too bad, get help.
2. Use material, pens, markers, ribbon, cardboard (cereal boxes work well) or
anything else you can come up with to make your letter
3. You will be graded on your effort. I can tell when someone makes a project at
lunch… please don’t be that person
How much is this worth?
1. A million, billion points.
2. Seriously, 100 project points. Projects are major grades. Don’t mess around…
All kidding aside… if you simply cannot abide the idea of students seeing you
swagger down the hallway wearing your letter, let me know. Keep in mind that
approximately 200 students will be participating in the project on the same day and
approximately 600 students have done this in the past… and loved it. You will not
be alone, rather you will be joining a very exclusive group of super stars who have
tackled The Scarlet Letter… and won!